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Proceedings of the National Conference of Colored Men of the United States, Held in the State Capitol at Nashville Tennessee, May 6, 7, 8 and 9, 1879.
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passing notice. The Irish people revered Daniel O ' Connell, but whom do the colored men lionor among their race?
The love and respect of the white race for their prominent men, which is one of the secrets of their success, is illustrated in the South by the reverence they have for the memory of Robert E. Lee. In its great centers monument piles are erected to perpetuate his memory. The whole country loves General Grant and delights to honor him. Starting as the colonel of an Illinois volunteer regiment, he passes up through every grade of rank known to the army, and having no more honors to confer in recognition of his services, the rank of lieutenant-general was created and conferred upon him; not satisfied with that the rank of general was established and he was made general; not satisfied with that he was elected President of the United States ; not satisfied with that he was elected for the second term, and I believe I reflect the Republican sentiment of the country when I say it is their desire to elect him for a third term. [Immense applause.]
We, alone, of all the races, have no leaders. I lay no claim to leader- ship, but if I did, I would not lead some of you. Here a delegate inquired if Governor Pinchback meant anything personal, " No; I do not mean the whole Conference," said the Governor, " but those who have so persistently disturbed the proceedings."
Governor Pinchback closed his remarks as follows :
" Mr. President and gentlemen of the Conference, in my labors for the advancement and elevation of the race, I am not altogether unselfish. I am laboring to make the road through life for my children easier than it was for myself; and if, when at last called to answer the dread command, "Dust to dust,' I can feel like Toussaint L ' Overture, when he was borne away from his home by Napoleon' s soldiers, pointing back to it, said; You think you have destroyed the tree of liberty; 1 am only a branch; I have planted the tree itself so deep that ages can never root it up '—I shall be amply rewarded." [Great applause,]
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PRESS.
We hail with pride the successful operation of a number of papers owned and controlled by colored men. Though their numbers are few, (between 20 and 30,) still they are sufficient in number and quality to prove that we may become successful in the hitherto almost untried fields of journalism. ' It is not only a prerogative, but a bounden duty, to enter every branch of industry that tends to enlighten and elevate, and none more certainly conduces to that end than intelligent journalism.
As in every industry, the pioneers in this profession are called upon to " bear the burden and heat of the day. " They run the race patiently and with perseverance, hoping that in due time they shall reap their reward. Colored papers are generally the result of a labor of love. Few of them are remunerative; few appreciated; but ther proprietors labor on, partly compensated by the conviction that they are doing a duty, and partly in the hope of ultimate success.
We should rally to the support of our journals, because they are the especial and natural conservators of our rights, willing to defend us when
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